October 2015 Newsletter

President's Message


 The Conference is coming, The Conference is coming. (John Lenau-2015 not Paul Revere). If you have not already registered you might be too late by the time this message hits your computer. Looking at all the neat venues we are going to visit in Redding, this is going to be a great Conference. Please ask your historical societies and members to attend our Conferences. Our 2016 Conferences are already in the works and you will not want to miss any of them. Hope to see you there.

 Now down to business, attached to this newsletter is our current list of Board of Directors (BoD) plus a list of Trust Fund Directors (TFD). If you are interested I will be glad to describe the duties of the TFD to you. Send me an email. However, I would like to elaborate just a little about the BoD. The BoD meets at each Conference and Annual Meeting. As I mentioned in last month’s message starting in 2016 we will meet on line every other month throughout the year. I would like you to make a copy of these lists and contact your Combined Regional Vice President or Committee person or if need be any Executive Committee member and voice your concerns or opinions. This is your New Board and it would be nice if you would get to know them. We do most of the work for the CCHS and we hope you appreciate all of our efforts. If you would like to be involved with the operations of CCHS please contact me.

 Our own Group H-Combined Regional Vice President (CRVP) Ralph Thomas [[email protected]] is having a workshop on Saturday October 24 at 8:30 am-4:00 pm in La Verne, CA. If you live in the adjacent environs please make every effort to attend.

By the way if you would like to have a color California map that depicts the CRVP Regions (Group A-H) or a color California map that depicts the 40 Regional Vice Presidents Regions please visit our web site (www.californiahistorian.com/regional_vice_presidents ) and print yourself the map(s) that pertains to your area.  

 Board of Directors List Attachment.




John Lenau
Conference of California Historical Societies
[email protected]
(760) 249-4650

 First Vice President's Message


How could this be?  October 1st!   What happened to summer?

I live in Martinez, Contra Costa County, and we actually had a little rain yesterday!  I couldn’t believe it when I saw the drops on my car window.  Only a little, but maybe there’s hope after all.  Let’s hope so.

I am looking forward to the CCHS Fall Symposium, hosted by the Shasta Historical Society, in Redding, October 15-17, 2015.  If you haven’t already registered, just go to the CCHS website, check out the program and register. Our friends in the Redding area have planned a varied and interesting program and we hope you will decide to join us.  There will be something for everyone.    Not to mention all the wonderful friends you’ll see and people you’ll meet.

See, Learn and Share:  That’s the CCHS motto and mission. 

In my monthly newsletters, I have been recommending the Community Tool Box articles about Volunteering, and would love to know what you’ve learned from these interesting “ How To” articles.  If you’d like to share your thoughts and how you’ve applied the suggestions about recruiting and training volunteers, please let me know.  

I am enclosing the link to Section 3:  “Developing Volunteer Orientation Programs” at the end of my newsletter.  I hope you have the time to check it out, and maybe develop a program for your organization.  Please share what you’ve learned, and how you’ve applied this newly acquired information.  Email your thoughts to me and I’ll bring your ideas to the Redding Symposium RVP to share with other CCHS members.

Enjoy the fall weather, and do try to join us for the CCHS Fall Symposium in Redding.  I’ll look for you there!



[email protected]

Link to Section 3: Developing Volunteer Orientation Programs

 Second Vice President's Message

Here’s something we can all disagree on:


Here’s something we should all agree on:

Rebuilding and re-energizing the Conference of California Historical Societies!!!

So please be part of the conversation Oct. 15-17 at the fall symposium in Redding, hosted by the Shasta Historical Society, a founding CCHS member.

You are sure to learn something new about the history and the battle over naming the city between two men whose names were pronounced the same but spelled differently.

The namesake winner was a railroad land agent who is buried in Sacramento where, among other things in the 1850s and 60s served as a State Assemblyman, Sacramento Mayor and Secretary of State.

This is what he looked like.

In case you don’t know it, Redding has a population of 90,000, making it the fourth largest city in the Sacramento Valley behind Sacramento, Elk Grove and Roseville.


Here’s a special offer that will benefit the Conference of California Historical Society’s membership campaign.  (See photo at top.)

It is a five-volume set of “The Story of the Exposition, Being the Official History of the International Celebration held at San Francisco in 1915 to commemorate the Discovery of the Pacific Ocean and the Construction of the Panama Canal.

It was written by Frank Morton Todd and published in 1921 for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition Company. It is lavishly illustrated with 61 plates in color. Estimated value is $700 plus.

               My offer is to donate the entire set plus a free one year ($40) CCHS membership to the first one to buy it for a $500 donation to the CCHS for a total value of probably $750 or more including shipping.  All proceeds will go to CCHS. Let me know if you are interested or want more information.


Michael Otten
2nd Vice President
Conference of California Historical Societies
[email protected], (530) 888-7837

2015 Fall Symposium in Redding, CA

October 9th - Last Chance to Register!!

Don’t miss this opportunity to see great historic sites, network with fellow knowledgeable historians and take back effective strategies for your historical society!

Friday, October 16th   

Workshop  “Hacking” Millennials
Kara McClure Downing, Curator of Education, Shasta Historical Society

In 2013, Museum Hack was founded, specializing in giving tours to people who do not like museums.  Their focus was 20-30 year olds, which is part of the elusive group known as “millennials.”  Museum Hack has exploded in popularity.  How can historical societies adapt Museum Hack’s techniques and make them work for us?  In this session, discuss new ways to engage millennials and how to hold their attention through social media.

Click here to learn more about our or


Saturday October 24, 2015

8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Hillcrest Retirement Community
2705 Mountain View Dr., La Verne, CA 91750
$25 a person for CCHS member societies and $35 for non-members.




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